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26
SEP

Reduce Joint Pain with MSM

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If joint pain has become part of your life, you may want to learn about MSM supplements.

MSM, methylsulfonylmethane, has been used around the world for relief from osteoarthritis, muscle pain, joint pain, and inflammation. A naturally occurring mineral, MSM is an organic source of sulfur-containing compound, which has anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties that can block pain response in nerve fibers. It can also reduce scar tissue by altering the cross linking process in collagen to allow quicker tissue repair.

MSM supplements have gained considerable recognition for its results in relieving arthritis as this incredible product has the ability to make cell walls flexible and elastic. If the concentration of MSM in the body is too low, the new cells lose some of their necessary flexibility, resulting in pain. MSM make cell walls permeable, allowing water and nutrients to freely flow into cells and toxins to properly flow out.

A study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition shows that MSM supplementation was very effective in reducing exercise-induced muscle and joint pain. Three weeks of MSM supplementation at 3g per day attenuated post-exercise muscle and joint pain at clinically significant levels compared to placebo. It’s important to remember that results may take time to appear as some people may feel relief in as little as two weeks while others may only feel significant results after two or three months of supplementation. A good number of supplements for osteoarthritis as well as products to reduce joint-pain contain MSM in their formulas. These products often contain other effective ingredients such as glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid.




13
SEP

Use These 5 Supplements after Your Workout

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition,Superfoods at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Recovery is the most important part of a workout. When you exercise, your body burns not only calories but also fluid levels, energy storage, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are essential in muscle preservation. Post-workout supplements are extremely important as they can help build muscle and, most importantly, keep your muscles healthy and ready for your next workout. So, here’s a quick guide of 5 supplements to use after your workout.

1. Whey Protein

The post-workout time-frame for nutrients to get into your muscles is very short and only whey protein is fast enough for the job. Whey protein isolate and concentrate are considered to be the best post-workout protein sources as it sends amino acids to muscle to quickly boost recovery and start muscle growth. Look for supplements which combines whey and casein as whey spikes muscle protein synthesis and casein keeps it going for longer and further enhances muscle growth.

2. Amino Acids

Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) such as leucine, isoleucine, and valine are the most critical aminos for muscle growth and essential for proper muscle recovery. Leucine has been shown to be the main amino which starts the process of protein synthesis. Amino acids determine your rate of muscle recovery, allowing you to grow stronger and more durable with each training session.

3. Electrolytes

Considered the best product to avoid dehydration and excessive loss of fluids from the body, electrolytes supplements contain high levels of the four main electrolytes that play vital roles in hydration and exercise performance: sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. These important minerals are essential to be replenished in your body after your workout is completed. Sodium is responsible for maintaining fluids balance. Potassium can help prevent muscle cramps. Magnesium plays an important role in muscle relaxation, and calcium is required for normal muscle functions.

4. Creatine

Creatine levels must be kept high inside muscle cells for optimal strength and energy. Post-workout is considered the best time to maximize creatine uptake, especially when it gets a boost from carbs.

5. Beta Alanine

This amino acid is now known to be critical for maintaining muscle strength and endurance. A great product to be taken after high-intensity workouts, beta-alanine supplementation may help to delay fatigue, increase anaerobic threshold, increase power, strength, and muscle mass.




29
AUG

4 Benefits of CLA Supplementation

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
CLA, Conjugated Linoleic Acid, has been an effective and safe weight-loss supplement for many years. A naturally occurring form of the essential fatty acid linoleic, CLA helps block cells from filling up with fat by interfering with a fat-storing enzyme known as lipoprotein lipase. Additionally, the vast majority of CLA supplements are caffeine-free or contain small amounts of caffeine in their formulas, unlike most fat-burners which tend to have a lot of caffeine and may not be suitable to many people.

Often classified as a natural fat burner, CLA offers additional benefits that are not known to many users. Let’s have a quick look at 4 benefits of CLA supplements.

1. Speed Up Metabolic Rate

The most known benefit is that CLA is able to increase metabolic rate, resulting in greater amounts of fat burning, particularly after exercising. This would obviously be a positive benefit for anyone trying to lose weight and improve body composition.

2. Boost Immune System

Staying healthy is key to any weight-loss program and CLA can help boost the immune system. CLA has been known to improve the body’s natural ability to fight off bacteria as well as enhance the immune system’s ability to function properly.

3. Enhance Muscle Growth

Studies have shown CLA supplements are known to build up lean muscle and lose extra body fat. For many users, continue CLA supplementation can help accelerate muscle growth.

4. Lower Cholesterol

Since many people these days have elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, even with treatment, CLA products may have a positive impact on any person who has high cholesterol, regulating to healthy levels and significantly helping with weight-loss diets.




27
AUG

New Brands Showcase: Faktrition

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Sports Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of sport nutrition supplements to our customers: Faktrition.

Faktrition is a sports supplement brand offering high-quality products to motivate and empower athletes of all kinds. The company ensures all supplements are 100% transparent, contain no proprietary blends and have complete and effective dosages. Developed by IFBB pro Fakhri Mubarak who has over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, Mubarak’s credentials range from being a professional athlete to being one of the top nutritional coaches in the world. The company was created to provide a unique brand which creates and develops products based on integrity and trust. All labels display full transparency, as the company say “Labels Don’t Lie”.

One of Faktrition best-selling items is F.Burner Cmplx, a premium weight-loss supplements created with selected ingredients working synergistically to burn fat, increase metabolic rate, and enhance thermogenesis throughout the body. Other popular products include BCAA Cmplx, a 2:1:1 ratio to reduce recovery time, stimulate protein synthesis, and limit muscle breakdown, and PRE Cmplx, a fully clinically dosed stand-alone ingredients to increase blood flow, enhance power and strength, maximize stamina, and reduce fatigue.

You can save even more when you shop Faktrition products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code AUG16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Here’s the scoop on a bunch of exciting new items at LuckyVitamin.com.




24
JUL

Electrolytes to the Rescue

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Some people continue to exercise even during the hot summer days. Running, biking, hiking, walking, and power-walking are just a few activities that make us sweat but it’s always good to remember a few tips to avoid dehydration, the excessive loss of water from the body.

Drink plenty of water prior, during, and after your workout and if you are doing a more intense workout, get one of those sport drinks which contain important minerals that need to be replenished in your body.

If these two first tips are not enough for your type of workout and you find yourself battling cramps, headaches and dizziness, electrolytes can be really helpful.

An electrolyte is any substance such as acids, bases or salts that dissolves in water to give a solution an electric current, generating energy for the human body. These tiny electronically charged particles are lost via sweat during exercise and replenish them is essential to maintain good health.

The majority of electrolyte drinks contain high levels of the four main electrolytes that play vital roles in hydration and exercise performance: sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium.

Sodium is responsible for maintaining fluids balance. Potassium can help prevent muscle cramps. Magnesium plays an important role in muscle relaxation, and calcium is required for normal muscle functions.

Electrolytes supplements are the best way to replenish the body’s water and electrolyte levels after dehydration particularly when caused by extreme exercising conditions or intense heat.

Additionally, electrolytes are highly recommended in serious cases of diarrhea or after stomach disorders such as food poising or vomiting, preventing headaches and dizziness caused due to the lack of minerals in the system.




25
MAY

5 Supplements for Muscle Recovery

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Exercising is fun and great for your health but one common problem seems to slow down people’s physical activities. We are talking about muscle pain. This inconvenient, sometimes dangerous, issue can not only reduce or fully stop your exercise routine but also lead to serious injuries. Proper physical exercise is essential to maintain muscle health as well as proper nutrition but when it comes to recovery, a few products can be very helpful so you can recover faster in between workouts. Take a look at these 5 supplements to help muscle recovery.

1. Protein: of course this is the most important nutrient to take immediately after your workout, alongside carbohydrates. Your muscles have been broken down and therefore need repairing and rebuilding. Consuming protein helps stimulate muscle protein synthesis, recovery and growth.

2. BCAA’s: Branched chain amino acids are considered one of the best post workout recovery supplements. BCAA’s consist of three of the amino acids that are found in normal protein structures: L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Valine. BCAA’s supplements help prevent muscle catabolism, the breakdown of muscle, especially for usage in high-volume cardio work.

3. Magnesium: minerals are essential for muscle recovery and magnesium plays an important role in muscle relaxation. Known to speed up recovery, magnesium can also help improve muscle function, maintain electrolyte balance and reduce fatigue.

4. Fish Oil: an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil is known to decrease inflammation in the muscle and enhances body composition. Inflammation is one of the main reasons people have muscle pain as it not only causes pain but severely impacts your ability to recover, lose fat and build muscle.

5. Vitamin A: known to enhance and support early inflammation during injury, vitamin A can also help reverse post-injury immune suppression, and assists in collagen formation via collagenase modulation. Studies have shown that collagen cross-linkage is stronger with vitamin A supplementation and repair is quicker.




23
APR

D-Ribose: The Rejuvenator

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
RiboseD-Ribose supplements have been known to offer a variety of health benefits but did you know that cardiologists and exercise physiologists are increasingly turning to D-Ribose as a means of “rejuvenating” their patients’ cardiac and skeletal muscles?

That’s right. You can add one more benefit to the list. Studies have shown that D-Ribose supplementation may boost heart muscle function following heart attacks and can improve blood pumping in people with congestive heart failure.

As a result, better heart muscle function after D-Ribose supplementation can lead to better delivery of energy-rich blood to skeletal muscles, revving them up for increased activity.

Ribose is an all-natural five-carbon sugar that helps facilitate the production of ATP – Adenosine Triphospate. ATP is a molecule that is the primary source of energy for all our cellular processes. As a key component of the ATP process, D-Ribose has been known to faster ATP levels return to normal and can also help injured or heavily used muscle as they are particularly vulnerable to low ATP supply and is slow to recover those levels. Fatigue and exhaustion often occur as a result of depletion of the vital molecule called ATP in human muscle and taking D-Ribose supplements is one of the best ways to maintain healthy levels.

Increased ATP levels in skeletal muscle following D-Ribose supplementation can help reduce muscle pain and fatigue that prevent people from keeping up their vital exercise regimens. D-Ribose supplements provide the real energy boost for intense exercise activity.




22
APR

New Brands Showcase: Mauer

Filed Under: Nutritional Bars,Sports Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MauerLucky Vitamin is introducing another top-quality brand of sport nutrition products to our customers: Mauer.

Mauer offers a premium line of supplements that are organic, clean, and serve as an honest, nutritious alternative for people who are not only athletes, but everyday people who just want to lead a healthier lifestyle. As a strong brand, Mauer Sports Nutrition wants to create strong families as well.

Mauer Sports Nutrition wants to provide a healthy alternative to today’s energy bar, drink and shot market. The company realizes there is currently an abundance of these products, however Mauer intends to offer an alternative that will not only taste amazing but contains no refined sugar, no artificial flavors, no preservatives, and is non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism), and gluten-free. The company’s goal is to take sport and energy alternative market to a new level of nutrition, by providing the protein and energy boost needed to sustain a healthy body while helping the everyday person enjoy a better lifestyle.

You can save even more when you shop Mauer Sports Nutrition products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code APR16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Here’s the scoop on a bunch of exciting new items at LuckyVitamin.com.




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APR

Strength Training Benefits for the Body

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B18The health benefits of strength training are well-known to many people but yet some questions may come up when talking about weightlifting and resistance training. Are these all the same? Yes, these synonymous also refer to exercise that uses resistance to strengthen and condition the musculoskeletal system, improving tone and endurance. In other words, your exercise the body in order to gain muscle size and tone as well as conditioning tendon, bone, ligament strength and increasing overall muscular strength and resistance.

These can be called the well-known benefits of strength training but this incredible activity provides a variety of other benefits for the body too.

Did you know that strength training helps improve digestion and regulate bowel movement? That’s right, this type of activity can improve your body’s natural elimination process which is vital for maintaining healthy eating habits.

Additionally, regular strength training can lead to protection from heart diseases as it helps decrease body fat and increase lean tissue. This combination is essential for cardiovascular health as it helps increase circulation capacity and can also help to lower blood pressure.

Lastly, strength building may lead to increased mental and physical stamina to better endure the stresses of daily living and can be a fun and social activity as well.




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APR

New Brands Showcase: NutraBio

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 5:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Amino Main Web Banner(no sale)Lucky Vitamin offers hundreds of top-quality sport supplements but that doesn’t stop us from adding more premium products. The latest addition is NutraBio, an ultra-pure supplement brand.

NutraBio was created to maximize the quality of your life by providing nutrition products based on the latest science and health research. All supplements are manufactured to the highest level of pharmaceutical standards. Since 1996, NutraBio has developed products with only the purest and highest quality ingredients hand-picked by a team of expert chemists from around the world. The company has taken sports nutrition to a whole new level. The idea of an ultra-pure supplement brand is fully enforced by have all products manufactured in a FDA registered and inspected GMP facility exceeding FDA 21 CFR Part 111 c-GMP Regulations.

Every single raw ingredient undergoes state-of-the-art analysis to ensure zero tolerance for impurities and make sure they meet 100% of their label claim.  NutraBio supplements contain absolutely no fillers, excipients or additives. Every ingredient is in its full therapeutic dosage which is listed on the label.

NutraBio provides you the purest, safest, and most effective weight management and sport supplements that science can offer. Whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, these products will get you moving fast, jumping higher, and performing better.

Check this out. Double saving on all NutraBio products. You can save an extra 15% off all NutraBio supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code APR16NEW16 at checkout. Offer expires 4/30/16. Plus, you earn 5X LuckyReward points on all items of this new brand. Click here for more information about LuckyRewards.




30
MAR

Spring Season: Time to Start Running!

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B30Warmer days are coming and you can finally get outdoors and start exercising. Well, some people workout outdoors even during the cold, winter months but if you just don’t like the cold weather, now it’s the time to start.

Running is one of the most common outdoor activities for many reasons. It can basically be done pretty much anywhere from parks to streets, beaches to sport fields. Plus, running is free, it has no cost and does not require much equipment, although proper running shoes and clothing are highly recommended. Additionally, running can be done in many different ways: high tempo, jogging, short-distance, long-distance, interval and many other alternative ways.

Some people may say running is a “boring” activity while some others feel they don’t have the motivation to go running on a regular basis. That is indeed one of the most common problems of starting runners but there are a few tips to help keeping up with your workout plan.

First, running alone can be difficult and perhaps a partner may be a great way to “push each other”. Ideally, you should find a running mate who is at the same level as you are and don’t forget to set up days, so both of you do not have time conflicts.

Second, setting up goals can be an excellent way to stay on track. For example, plan to run a 5K, or 10K at some point in the summer or in the fall and you can track and control your results preparing for this “special run”.

Lastly, don’t give up. If you missed a run or two, even a whole week, no problem. Get back on track and if you have to start from day one, no problem again. Running can be fun and the more you run, the easier it gets.




11
FEB

Benefits of BCAA’s

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 10:41 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
BCAA’s (Branched-Chain Amino Acids) make up a large portion of the essential amino acids in humans. Dr. Wolf gives you the rundown on essential amino acids, and helps explain how they function in the body.

Shop BCAA products at LuckyVitamin.com.

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Watch LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND series featuring Dr. Jeremy Wolf for healthy information, benefits and facts about popular nutritional supplements and wellness topics. These quick guides are great educational resources to learn about a variety of wellness-oriented topics from a trained Naturopathic Physician. View other videos from LuckyVitamin on our YouTube channel.




25
JAN

BCAA: No Pain, Much Gain

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BCAAThe old saying has an updated version. No pain, no gain is a thing of the past as many supplements can help you gain muscle and support muscle recovery at the same time. BCAA supplements are one of these great products known to help increase muscle mass, speed up recovery, and enhance athletic performance.

Short for Branched-Chain Amino Acids, BCAA are known as the building blocks of muscle mass. Research suggests that continue use of BCAA can help individuals not only to build muscle, but also burn fat, and increase athletic performance.

Considered one of the best post workout recovery products, BCAA supplements contain three essential amino acids which play an important role in protein synthesis: Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine.  By taking BCAA’s, the breakdown of muscle, known as muscle catabolism, can be prevented quickly, especially for usage in high-volume cardio work.

The perfect supplement for endurance and strength training, BCAA has also the ability to prevent muscle loss at high altitudes and prolong endurance performance in the heat, a common condition for marathon or triathlon runners. A popular supplement in the bodybuilding and fitness community, BCAAs are useful for gaining mass and maintaining muscle mass even while on a calorie-deficit diet. BCAAs not only increase the rate of protein synthesis, but they also increase the cell’s capacity for protein synthesis.

Additionally, BCAAs might also help improve workout intensity as it competes with the amino acid tryptophan for entry into the brain, where Tryptophan can be converted to the neurotransmitter serotonin. During exercise, serotonin levels rise and can increase fatigue. BCAA supplementation reduces the amount of tryptophan that enters the brain, and therefore reduces the amount of serotonin produced.




9
JAN

New Year, New Brands

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B9The New Year just started and Lucky Vitamin continues to add brands to bring something new to our customers in 2016. With a lot of people starting New Year’s resolutions, and many of these people taking weight-loss as a resolution for 2016, Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce two new brand of products that can help you achieve your weight-loss goals this year: NutraKey and SatisFive.

NutraKey

NutraKey offers a unique line of sport nutrition supplements created to make life better. The company believes the best way to improve quality of life is through health and wellness and manufactures over 100 products with the highest quality ingredients which are free of harmful items. With raw, pure nutrition in every bottle, NutraKey products can help you build muscle, lose fat and promote athletic performance.

SatisFive

SatisFive is an advanced, multi-action blend with fibers plus thylakoids designed to promote fullness, reduce hunger and cravings, and help you achieve your weight-loss goals. The patented Appethyl green spinach extract contains thylakoids that bind to dietary fat to reduce the rate of fat digestion, increasing your body’s satiety signals and decreasing hunger signals. Plus, a root fiber called LuraLean creates a gel in the stomach that can bind dietary fat and carbohydrate and further help in weight management. Taken before a meal, SatisFive helps control appetite by promoting a feeling of fullness for up to five hours.

You can save even more when you shop NutraKey and/or SatisFive products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code JAN16NEW16 at checkout to save an additional 15% of all items of these new brands.




14
DEC

How to Fuel Up For a Long Run

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Nutritional Bars,Sports Nutrition,Vitamins and Minerals at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Long RunThe long run is often the ultimate quest for runners as this challenging exercise is known to build endurance and strength as well as teach runners how to deal with fatigue and pain. Anything over 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) may be considered a long, resistance exercise and may take some preparation not only to do well and complete the run but also to prevent injuries. When preparing for long run workouts, people often ask themselves many questions regarding pre-race, during, and post-race tips. So, what’s really the best way to prepare for long runs, including half-marathons, 10 Ks, or just an hour jogging in the park?

Pre-Workout

Hydration is extremely important before any run or race. Hydrate well but as usual and drink according to your thirst. Consuming drinks with sodium will help stimulate thirst and retain fluids consumed. Avoid alcoholic beverages as they increase urine output and delay optimal rehydration. Don’t overdo it as over-hydration can lead to the need to urinate during the race, a very common problem for beginners.

Trying to determine how much food to take in before a long run can be complicated since everyone is different, have different fitness levels, different diets, etc. However, an easy, general rule is to consume approximately 0.5 grams of carbohydrate for every pound of body weight and then multiply that number by the number of hours prior to the start of your run. Choose light, easy to digest meals that will put fuel in your tank. For example, eat a high-carbohydrate, low-protein meal a few hours prior your longer runs, or a snack or nutritional bar for shorter runs.

During Workout

During workout, your body needs hydration and, for the longer runs, carbs. An average of 30g to 60g of carbohydrate per hour of running is a good basic rule and sports drinks are an excellent way to hydrate and consume the glucose needed. For more extreme workouts, runners need to get a more high-octane fuel, essentially more concentrated, and often available in energy gels, blocks, beans, and chews. These sports nutrition products are engineered to supply needed carbohydrate, which fuels your muscles and keeps blood sugar levels steady, and electrolytes, which help retain fluids to maintain hydration, prevent cramping, and perform other functions in the body. Make sure to follow your high-octane fuel with water.

Post-Workout

No secret here, after runs, carbohydrates. Choose quick-digesting forms of carbohydrate, such as sports drinks, to allow your body to replenish its stored carbohydrate in your muscles. Fruit, crackers and bread are great after-race meals.  Within the first 30 to 60 minutes after the race, it is crucial to consume some protein to help repair all your worn and torn muscles. Low-fat chocolate milk contains a good combination of carbohydrate and protein to help you refuel. Protein energy bars are also a great choice.

Last Tip

A combination of both sports drinks and water is perfect during and after a run as it can replenish the sodium and potassium you lose through sweat, while giving your body some energy from carbohydrate. After the run, rehydrate with a sports drink first, then water.